Jessica Marie Falcone

in Battling the Buddha of Love

Published by Cornell University Press

Published in print September 2018 | ISBN: 9781501723469
Published online May 2019 | e-ISBN: 9781501723476

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In the Introduction, I introduce the controversy that ensues between FPMT and the villagers of Kushinagar, India, due to the plan to build the biggest statue in the world: the Maitreya Project’s Maitreya statue. Beginning with a narration of the ethnographer’s first encounter with the anti-Maitreya Project resistance movement, this chapter introduces the object of my study, my methodology, as well as some of the framing narratives of the book: futurity, heritage, and advocacy. Also, in this chapter, I briefly summarize the chapters to come.

Keywords: futurity; Maitreya Project; Kushingar; ethnographic methods

Chapter.  6438 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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